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66 Cool Facts About South America That You Must Know


Hello friends, welcome to myblogclick. These day I am sharing with you some amazing, interesting, cool, unknown facts about one of the bio diverse continent, is called South America.

It is the continent for so many amazing things .Do you want to grasp these facts? So let us have a look of these facts.

South America has combined of 12 independent countries and 3 dependent territories.

Following are the list of the independent countries.


Following are the list of the dependent territories.

Falkland Islands (United Kingdom)

French Guiana (France)

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom)


  • South America is the 4th largest continent in the world, after Asia , Africa and North America.
  • It contains 6,890,000 square miles or 17,840,000 square kilometers land area.
  • It is covering an area of 8.3% of the Earth’s total surface area.
  • It was named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
  • According to United Nation 2017 data, the current population of South America is 426,616,963 as of 9th July 2017.
  • It ranks fifth in population in the world, after Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
  • South America Population is equivalent to 5.68% of the total world population.
  • 83% of population in South America is urban.
  • Brazil is the largest country in South America in terms of both area (8,515,767 square kilometers or 3,287,956 square miles) and 211,273,151 populations.
  • Suriname is the smallest country in South America in terms of both area (163,821 square kilometers or 63,252 square miles) and 552,192 populations.
  • South America is the part of supercontinent of the Americas.
  • La Paz , capital of Bolivia is the highest altitude capital in the world. It is 3,640 meters or 11,942 feet above the sea level.
  • Sao Paolo in Brazil is the largest city in South America.
  • It is home to world’s highest uninterrupted water fall, Angel Falls in Venezuela. It is 979 meters or 3212 feet high and its water plunge of 807 meters or 2,648 feet.
  • It has 12 independent countries and 3 dependent territories.
  • The language of Quechua is the most common indigenous language in this continent.
  • The median age in this continent is 30.6 years.
  • The Amazon River has the largest water volume of any river in this planet.
  • It is home to world’s largest single drop waterfalls, Kaieteur Falls in Guyana.
  • The Atacama Desert in Chile is considered the driest place in the earth.
  • Spanish is the largest spoken language in this continent.
  • It is one of the most bio diverse continent in the world.
  • 40% of the world’s plant and animal species are found in South America.
  • It is home to world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon Rainforest.
  • The Amazon Rainforest is 40 times bigger than United States of America.
  • Spanish is speaking in nine countries in South America. These are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
  • Ecuador is the first country in the world to have granted constitutional rights to Nature.
  • Suriname is only country in this continent where Dutch is officially language.
  • Suriname is 50 times smaller than Brazil.
  • Chile has more newspaper journalists.
  • More than 20% of the Earth’s oxygen is produced in South America.
  • The Amazon Rainforest covers 40% of South America.
  • The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest natural resource.
  • The Andes Mountains is the longest mountain range in the world. This range is 7,000 kilometer or 4,300 miles.
  • 20% of plants found to have anti-cancer properties are found only in the Amazon Rainforest.
  • 6 % of Suriname’s total land area is covered by forest as a result of it is the most heavily forested country in South America.
  • The Amazon River has more water than the next seven largest rivers combined.
  • The Amazon Rainforest covers 2,123,562 square miles or 5,500,000 kilometers land area.
  • The Green Anaconda is the largest snake in the world.
  • Ecuador is home to over 1,000 species of orchids.
  • The region of the Amazon Rainforest includes its territory to nine countries. These are Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana.
  • Six out of seventeen mega-diverse counties in the world are found in South America. These are Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
  • Lake Titicaca (3,812 meters or 12,507 feet) is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world.
  • Chile is the most peaceful country in South America.
  • It is home to most unique species of animal in the world such as Llama, Anaconda, Piranha, Jaguar, Vicuna and Tapir.
  • Soccer (Football) is the most popular sport in South America.
  • Patagonia, Argentina has one of the highest wind energy potential on the earth.
  • Christianity is the largest religion in this continent.
  • The Mayans, Aztecs and Incas empires originate in South America.
  • Brazil supplies one third of the entire world’s coffee.
  • It has three major biomes such as grassland, savanna and rainforest.
  • South American country Venezuela was named after the Italian city of Venice.
  • 70 native communities in the Brazilian Amazon are uncontacted native population in the world.
  • The Aconcagua (6,961 meter or 22,838 feet) is the second highest mountain in the world.
  • It broke off from the west of the super continent Gondwanaland around 135 million years ago.
  • Brazil has own the highest number of FIFA world cup.
  • Argentina was formerly called the United Provinces of the Rio De La Plata.
  • Salar de Uyuni (Salar de Tunupa ) is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square meters or 4,086 square miles, is located in Bolivia.
  • Major rivers in this continent are the Amazon River, the Parana River, the Orinoco River, the Tocantins River and the Strait of Magellan.
  • South America is connected to North America by the Isthmus of Panama.
  • Buenaventura, Colombia is the wettest inhabited place in the world.
  • Tierra del Fuego (18,140 square miles or 47,000 kilometers) is the largest island in South America.
  • Lake Maracaibo (13,000 square mile) in Venezuela is the largest lake in South America.
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